COUNT DOWN: the first woman hanged in Victoria (winner, Marjorie Barnard award, 2015)

In Melbourne Jail, the hangman lies awake. Not time to get up yet. Yawning, he rubs his dead eye, heaves himself on to his side and squints up at the notice tacked to his door.  11.11.1863. Today.  Mansfield Murders. Three for the drop, and one of them a woman. A woman.  First time, or first… Continue reading COUNT DOWN: the first woman hanged in Victoria (winner, Marjorie Barnard award, 2015)

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